Description:Ireland’s EU mandated target for non-ETS sector GHG emissions is to secure a reduction of 20% on 2005 levels by 2020. Member States are accountable for the non-Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) sectors which includes agriculture, transport, small industry and residential. Ireland’s emission reduction target for its non-ETS sector is already among the toughest in the EU and twice the EU average – the unique emissions profile of Ireland makes the effective target very challenging.
Implication(s):The Climate Act provides that Ireland's annual emissions limits should be agreed at the EU level and sets no explicit national targets. This is to be welcomed, as any unilateral emission target not aligned with our EU policy obligations is unlikely to be effective in reducing European overall emissions and could simply result in adverse economic consequences for Ireland. This is especially relevant for any proposed policies that would risk interfering with the effective operation of the ETS, or that would unduly increase regulatory burden and costs for business. It also includes a provision for a National Low Carbon Roadmap, including sectoral roadmaps and includes a National Climate Change Adaptation Framework.
Current Position:A fully integrated approach to developing and implementing policy instruments to Ireland’s climate, efficiency and renewable targets must align with EU policy goals and should not interfere with the effective operation of the ETS or lead to unnecessary regulatory burden.
The Climate Act does not include targets at the national level; rather it reaffirms the commitment of meeting our existing and future obligations under EU and international law and sets a framework for adaptation. A new advisory council on climate change, tasked with overseeing Ireland’s transition to a low carbon economy, will independently assess the Government’s progress in cutting emissions and to advise directly on policy.
- Climate Bill 2013 - Ibec response to OJC.pdf - 385 Kbytes
- Ibec opening statement to the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Environment.pdf - 190 Kbytes
- Report-on-the-Outline-Heads-of-the-Climate-Action-and-Low-Carbon-Development-Bill-2013.pdf - 566 Kbytes
- Ibec presentation - COP21 climate seminar - 20th November 2015.pdf - 1,506 Kbytes
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Last Updated: 11/27/2013